After a recent afternoon meeting about statistics, I needed to find a few old links that I had buried away. Well, here are a few odds and ends I found while looking:
1. Virtual Math Lab at Texas A&M
– This is a very good resource for College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Beginning Algebra. When I opened my link, it actually opened on ‘Absolute Value Equations’, which means that’s probably what my students were struggling with when I initially discovered this website back in 2009.
3. Pete Falzone’s On-line Office
– I have been borrowing handouts from this guy for the longest time. The pre-algebra resources are especially good for developmental math classes. And I have found a lot of other great worksheets for other courses for when I have been called to substitute at the last minute and needed an ‘in a pinch’ lesson outline.
4. Project-Based Learning
– I am obviously all for project-based learning. But if you need a little more background information, along with some additional examples and ideas for your mathematics classroom, feel free to visit this website. There is a good description of project-based learning, along with some wonderful links to helpful websites.
5. Classroom Assessment Techniques
– This is definitely worth checking out, as I know that I got at least a couple of ideas from this website for the times when I knew that I had to do an in-class assessment, but needed something that was quick to set-up (I usually realize things 1/2 way into class for some reason).
6. Quiz Star
and Easy Test Maker
– Two quick links to create on-line and off-line quizzes and tests. Both are free. I know, I know, you probably don’t need another free product to do this, as you already have your own Course Management System, or you have your own system for creating tests. That’s fine, but these may be useful if you’re looking to do something different.
Just a couple of ideas that I think are interesting ways to approach the idea of using Maps to teach Mathematics. I really think that the Map Application is a good away to introduce ordered pairs because students have to find locations such as A1, B2, etc., where there is a distinct order. If you start getting students in the habit of thinking that the first coordinate is a letter and the second coordinate is a number, then it isn't as difficult to move to the first coordinate being the x-value and the second coordinate being the y-value. And as for using Google Maps to Teach Elapsed Time, although the activity says Grades 3 – 5, I feel as if it could be easily adapted to any developmental math class.
I was having a discussion with someone today about making math more fun, and a few websites popped into my mind that I haven’t shared on here before. Let me give you a quick rundown of what I think are a few unique resources (all free, of course):
Exploring Space Science Mathematics
) – This website is from NASA and has activities on topics such as time calculations, decimals, integers, mean, median, mode, equations, and scientific notation. I regularly use the scientific notation activities in my classes as a way to wrap up a section on the topic. If I have time, they are great activities to do in class. If I don’t have time, they are great activities to assign as homework (and I have no problems with students working in groups on homework).
Making Math More Fun Free Download Page
) – You need to check this out to believe how many resources are available on this website. I haven’t used any of them yet personally due to having so many resources that I have developed myself, or that have already come with my textbooks.
Math OPS Targeted Math Instruction (http://mathops.com/free/index.php
) – All of the worksheets on this website are now free! It’s mostly Algebra Materials, and most of them are worksheets based on the idea of “Famous Old Dudes”. This will definitely get the trivia and history buffs involved in your class, as even my parents were getting into these worksheets when they were helping me print them out and hole punch them to go into a binder (It was a several hour chore, even with multiple people, which tells you how many worksheets are really there).
I don't know whether this post should go under the category of "promotion" or not, but what I do know is that I regularly use Maria Andersen's Algebra Activities Binder in my classroom. We have been talking about solving equations in my basic mathematics class at IADT, and to finish out the chapter, today I used pages 3 through 6 from the chapter on equations. The students really seemed to enjoy working in groups on the pages, but it probably was too much for them to do within 1 hour I allotted for them to do it in. But after a good start working on the activities in class, the students showed some confidence that they would be able to complete the activities at home and bring them back at the next class.
For more information on the Algebra Activities Binder, see: